|Cincinnati Reds (6-2)
|Arizona Diamondbacks (3-6)
|W: R. Smith (1-0) L: Hoffman (1-1)
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After the Cincinnati Reds jumped 2-0 early, the bullpen allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks strikers to do damage in the middle innings, ending Cincinnati’s six-game winning streak in an 8-3 defeat.
Arizona’s fifth inning in five runs was the turning point in the game. It was triggered by this sequence, with an out and a runner in the first place:
- Christian Walker prevailed against shortstop with a ground ball, with the front runner safely in second place.
- From the new pitcher Cionel Perez, David Peralta played a ground ball, which the second baseman Jonathan India stopped during a dive, but could not get an exact throw too short, which led to the bases being loaded.
- Asdrubal Cabrera drew a base-laden run to meet Tim Locastro, tying the game 2-2.
- Eduardo Escobar picked another grounder who India stopped but who couldn’t get an accurate flip to second place for a forceout. The game was scored a single and Arizona led 3-2.
- Nick Ahmed hit the catcher for a second foul, raising hopes that the damage could be minimized.
- But then Stephen Vogt hit a single to get two, and a third run scored a fault from Nick Senzel.
Five runs with just two balls leaving the infield, one of which is Locastro’s lead-off single. BABiP gives and BABiP takes away.
After the defeat, Cincinnati is still in first place, one game ahead of St. Louis, two ahead of the Cubs and Milwaukee, and four ahead of Pittsburgh.
Two runscoring singles in the second inning gave the Reds an early 2-0 lead:
Must be Singles Night at Chase Field. pic.twitter.com/tnyB8Qvn02
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 11, 2021
Senzel fought 3 on 4, giving him eight hits in his last 13 bats and increasing his batting average to 0.400.
Eugenio Suarez hit the base three times on a walk, a single, and a solo homer with eight innings.
Not good. The bullpen let it get out of hand after the Reds led 2-0 early on.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s homerun, leading at the end of the fourth inning, broke the streak of 24 scoreless innings with Cincinnati’s starting pitchers.
Next up for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds versus Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday, April 11, 4:10 p.m. ET
Jose DeLeon (3.60 ERA, 0-0) versus Luke Weaver (4.76 ERA, 0-0)